Mumbai. In a shocking development, actress Madhuri Dixit’s outfit for a Jhalak Dikhla Jaa special episode was stolen backstage. The dress, designed by Manish Malhotra, was encrusted with imported Swarovski crystals, fragrance of Swiss orchids and threads of gold extracted from the backyard of Bappi Lahiri’s old house. The dress is reported to have cost the production house a whopping Rs 2.5 lakh.
Madhuri has been hopping mad over the news of the theft, especially since she usually packs up the dresses she wears on the show and carries them back home with her. The crew are too enamoured by her mega-watt smile to say no. An insider says that ever since Jhalak began, Madhuri’s wardrobe has grown richer by 125 new dresses, 40 pairs of shoes and 350 pairs of earrings.
On this fateful evening, the star had been on stage, rehearsing with fellow judge Remo Fernandes. She was to go for a three-hour platinum sauna before getting into the expensive dress. Her entourage, comprising her stylist, make-up man, secretary and chamchi, were in her vanity van stationed outside, trying to decide which of the 1,200 necklaces gifted by upcoming designers to pick for the evening. In attempting to pick the most expensive-looking one, they failed to notice when someone flicked the brand-new dress.
“My appearance on the show would have been purrfect, had it not been for this theft,” said a visibly shaken Madhuri at yesterday’s press conference. “It felt like a personal assault, like a vindictive move by someone possibly jealous of my beauty. I am not sure, but I suspect this was the doing of one of my rivals.”
Accordingly, on Madhuri’s instructions, the Bandra police have been asked to pick up the domestic help and entourage members of Madhuri’s rivals. Juhi Chawla’s maid and Manisha Koirala’s driver are being interrogated. Rani Mukherjee and Sonakshi Sinha are being probed in person, since both appeared on Koffee with Karan claiming to be absolutely envious of Madhuri’s sizzle.
On the other hand, Madhuri has borne the ire and scathing comments of the fashion police. She was forced to wear a backup outfit that evening, which was no match for the glamour of the original one. Within minutes of her appearance on the show, news channels were running live bulletins titled ‘Black Day for Madhuri’. Arnab Goswami bellowed that the nation wanted to know why their favourite tinsel lady had been ‘deliberately downgraded to appear démodée”. Last we knew, the audiences gave up on the show and ran for their dictionaries so they could figure out what terrible calamity had befallen their favourite actress.